Rastko Selmic was born in Belgrade, Serbia in 1970. He was educated at prestigious Mathematical Gymnasium high school in Belgrade, Belgrade University, Department of Electrical Engineering, and the University of Texas at Arlington, Department of Electrical Engineering. His research interests are in wireless sensor networks, micro-aerial vehicles, intelligent sensors and actuators, failure detection in nonlinear systems, and neural networks.
Since 2008 he has been an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Louisiana Tech University. He was the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Research Fellow in summer 2007-2008. From 2002 to 2008 he was an Assistant Professor at Department of Electrical Engineering at Louisiana Tech University. In 1996 and 1988-99 he was working for Signalogic, Inc., developing software and hardware applications. From 2000 to 2002 he was a lead DSP Engineer at Signalogic, designing embedded hardware and software systems for different telecommunication and Internet applications. From 1995 to 2000, he has been graduate research assistant at Automation and Robotics Research Institute. During 1997, he was consultant for Davis Technologies International Inc.
He is the recipient of a scholarship from Signalogic in 1996, ARRI Best Paper Award in 1997, Finalist for the Best Paper Award at IEEE International Conference on Control Applications in 1998, First prize at the IEEE Fort Worth Section Graduate Paper Contest in 1999, and ARRI Invention Award in 2000 for his patent. He was awarded the AT&T Professorship in Electrical Engineering in 2009 and the IfM Outstanding Publication Award for 2009. He directs the Intelligent Sensors and Actuators Laboratory at Louisiana Tech University.
He is the author/co-author of 3 book chapters, 50 journal and conference papers, and the textbook Neuro-Fuzzy Control of Industrial Systems with Actuator Nonlinearities (SIAM Press 2002). He served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and currently serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part B: Cybernetics. He is a Senior member of IEEE and Sigma Xi.